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The Plot Thickens (1936)

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A priceless Cellini silver cup is stolen from a local museum with both Hildegarde and Oscar on the case.

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Owen Davis Jr. ...
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Louise Latimer ...
Alice Stevens
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Kendall
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Joe
Richard Tucker ...
John Carter
Barbara Barondess ...
Marie
James Donlan ...
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Agnes Anderson ...
Dagmar
Oscar Apfel ...
H. G. Robbins
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John Carter just had one of those days. First he had an argument with a mysterious Frenchman. Then Alice wants him to pick her up at the park after she has a fight with Robert over him. So Carter takes the roadster just as Marie and Joe were getting ready to leave. But Kendall, the butler, follows the roadster as he thinks it is Joe and his girl Marie. So when Carter picks up Alice and goes out in the country to park - he is shot dead. But the next day, he is found dead in the library at home. The investigation may be run by Inspector Piper, but most of the snooping is done by Hildegarde. The Sultan's Emerald, and a picture of the Cellini Cup, may be the clue leading to Carter's killer. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

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The Riddle of the Dangling Pearl  »

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In the previous series entry "Murder on the Bridle Path" Louise Latimer and Owen Davis Jr. play Barbara Foley and Eddie Fay, a couple hoping to elope. In this episode they reappear, and although Hildegarde recognizes them, their names have inexplicably changed to Alice Stevens and Robert Wilkins. See more »

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Cassidy - Policeman: Inspector, I'm Cassidy.
Oscar Piper: And I'm busy.
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Follows Penguin Pool Murder (1932) See more »

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Pretty Baby
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played by the organ grinder in the park
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Fun "B" Movie With Some Good Twists
7 November 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Plot Thickens, The (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The fifth film in the Hildegarde Withers series is the first to have Zasu Pitts in the lead. This time out a man involved in a possible love triangle is murdered and there are countless suspects. Withers must assist Detective Oscar Piper (James Gleason) in tracking down the murder but soon more twists and turns begin to happen. THE PLOT THICKENS is the perfect title for this movie because it seems every ten-minutes or so another twist is happening and the film goes off into a new direction. It starts off as a love triangle mixed with murder but then more bodies begin to pile up and soon the witnesses are changing their stories and then we even get a heist subplot thrown in. At just 67-minutes this movie doesn't have a slow bone in its body because it goes so fast that at first you have to almost backtrack to try and figure out what's going on in the opening murder sequence. We get to see so many characters so quickly that I think the film hurts itself because by the time you figure out what's going on you're already onto the next murder and plot twist. The story should be given quite a bit of credit because even though this was just a "B" series, RKO went all out and really delivered a smart screenplay. It also doesn't hurt that Gleason and Pitts work so well together. No one will take the place of Edna May Oliver but Pitts is really good here. She plays the straight parts fine but she also has a very good comic timing that works perfectly well with Gleason. As for Gleason, he was always good in the series and he too turns in a fine performance. None of the supporting players really stand out but they're all decent enough. The final ten-minutes features a couple plot twists that her perfectly done including one pre-Scooby Doo sequence that really works tremendously well. THE PLOT THICKENS will certainly entertain fans of the series but it also makes you scratch your head wondering how the next film in the series (FORTY NAUGHTY GIRLS) could turn out so bad.


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